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1 Our Core Values Core values are defined as an organization's essential and enduring tenets (from Build to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, by Jim Collins, 1994). They help define who we are as a community. As St. David's meets the opportunities of the future, the vestry, ministries, programs, and guilds will use these core values as a guide for decision making. The core values of St. David s are: Faith: believing in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as articulated in the scripture and Baptismal Covenant and as lived out in prayer and worship Learning: deepening our relationship with God through education, reflection, and application Diversity: welcoming in the spirit of the New Covenant all people who are seeking God Serving: doing Christ's work in the world by serving others Tradition: honoring our Anglican heritage as well as our history of civic engagement in Austin since 1848 Participation: encouraging all parishioners to participate actively in our community of faith Authenticity: striving for truth and openness in our relationships with one another 3

2 Our Strategic Direction In defining a path for the future of St. David's, the Envision team identified six categories to encompass all we do as a church: Worshiping Caring Educating Serving Growing Operating For each category, the team developed a strategic direction that includes a succinct statement of where we want to be in the future and a list of specific and tangible implications of that choice for the parish. Worshiping In Worshiping as a Community of Faith we will Inspire authentic awe in our community worship and continually expand effective delivery of Christ s message of grace and love. Celebrate with Music. Quality music has been a hallmark of St. David s worship services and will continue to be. Worship and Pray Daily. Spirituality is not limited to Sunday. It is lived. Community worship brings God s presence among us. We will foster engagement of daily worship through expansion our service offerings in time, location, structure, and delivery. Liturgy. We will be a model of liturgical excellence and balanced innovation to foster our connection with each other, other churches across the globe, and to those who came before us. Message. Sermons will engage the challenging issues of our times and foster the application of Christian principles to develop understanding and to lead more grace-filled lives. Worship Service. Add a service that provides an engaging entry point for newer and younger parishioners. 4

3 Caring In Caring for Each Other we will Reflect the love of God by fostering relationships and supporting our parishioners throughout their lives. Create and Sustain Groups. We will create the infrastructure to enable and support emerging and established groups. We will conduct annual focus groups with the parish to obtain feedback on how well we are meeting the needs of parishioners. Link Generations. We will build opportunities for seniors, middle age, and youth to be in community with each other. Minister to Seniors. We will care for and support our senior parishioners. Pastoral Care. We will extend our capabilities to serve as a partner to those who are seeking to understand their spiritual lives, as an empathetic listener to those in distress, and as a comforter to those in times of loss. Educating In Educating Adults, Youth, and Children we will Be a center for Christian formation, spiritual education, and personal development. Multi-level Educational Opportunities. We will provide opportunities ranging from living Christ in our daily lives, to basic introduction to the Bible and Christianity, to advanced topics illuminated by national speakers. Develop Stewardship. We will develop and grow our community with the expectation that those gifts given to each of us will become tools to express God s will in the world. Delivery Methods. We will deploy various delivery methods for education such as large classes, small groups, parish-wide retreats, and use of the Internet. 5

4 Serving In Serving Others we will Have a culture of servanthood and provide transformational experiences for our parishioners and those we serve. Involvement. All parishioners will be actively involved in direct ministry. Identify and Develop. All of us are blessed with gifts. We will foster the identification and development of those talents. Reach. Because of our abilities and resources, we have an obligation to serve many different communities. In Growing Our Church we will Growing Be a vibrant community that serves the calling as the body of Christ for Austin residents. Inviting and Involving. We have engaging programs that we will communicate to people. Our activities will provide opportunities to build connections with visitors. Downtown. We will develop an understanding of the needs of the downtown community and build programs to engage individuals and families. 2nd Church Home. Our central location and diverse programs afford us opportunities to impact the spiritual lives of many people including those spending significant time downtown who may also have another church home. 6

5 Operating In Operating Our Church we will Express our stewardship of God s resources by continuing to improve how we plan, make decisions, and work. Manage Programs. We will establish purposeful management practices to enhance coordination, communication, and effectiveness of the broad array of ministries, programs, and guilds. Communicate. We will develop a culture of effective communication within St. David s and with our community. Develop Leadership. We will build on the talents of our parishioners and our networks by establishing a leadership development program to grow leaders for St. David s, our diocese, and the community. Maintain Facilities. We will assess the use of existing facilities and identify ways that our location and physical space can be used to serve the parish and to build connections with our community. Secure the Future. We will continue to ensure that St. David s has a sound financial footing far into the future. 7

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